Azalea x 'VERBANIA'

Azalea x
Azalea x 'VERBANIA'
hybrid Japanese azalea
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.8-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:white a salmon pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels
Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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Among Japanese azaleas there are groups that originated as natural hybrids or were hybridized by botanists. Most of these hybrids are late flowering plants which brings a whole new view on evergreen azaleas.

Verbania is a late hybrid azalea from northern Italy. It was found around 2010 in a nursery in a spa town of the same name, and provisionally called Fantasia. It produces flowers of striking beauty that must have been a dream of many hybridizers to come up with. They are large, silngle, broadly funnel-shaped, white in the throat and rich salmon pink towards the margins. They appear from end May for almost 3 weeks manifesting the advantage of late azaleas whose flowers open in phases rather than all at the same time. Evregreen leaves are small, elliptic, medium green, partly glossy, and cover the plant completely. Verbania Azalea is a slow growing shrub, forming a compact mound.

Azaleas usually need no pruning but can be clipped to shapes in early July after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. If can be placed in full sun if grown in excellent soil with equal moisture throughout the season. They need light, permeable soil that is acid, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately fertile. Use fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas, or ericaceous plants. The best soil mix is 1/3 of peat, 1/3 of leaf-mould or lime-free compost, and 1/3 of soil from the hole where you are going to plant it. Azaleas have shallow roots, so do not plant not too deep. If leaves turn yellow or fall down after winter it is planted in wet or heavy soil. Hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 07-01-2020
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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